Quote from stevielynn
Breastfeeding, co-sleeping, babywearing mom
Hooray for us quirky moms that (gasp!) BF, sleep snuggled with our kids, and can't stand the thought of our kids crying in a dark room without us there to comfort them!! I've gotten a lot of grief over some of the things I've chosen to do or not do with my kids, but I think that my kids are happier and self confident because I did them my way (NOT saying that if one does things differently that their kids will be a neurotic mess.....!)
To the OP, I think if a patient is asking you for an opinion, they are still in the process of trying to make an infomed decision, so the best thing to do is to find out how they feel about a certain "method" and go from there....."How do you feel about letting your baby cry it out.....do you think it's something you can do.......would you think of yourself as a "failure" if you couldn't let your child cry it out....." etc. So many parents today are reading books on how they are "supposed" to raise their kids, rather than following thier own hearts or gut reactions.....they think that baby should be doing X,Y,Z by this or that time, and this is how you get it to happen, rather than just relaxing and enjoying babyhood. Some of my most wonderful memories are with my youngest, snuggling in bed on a cold winter morning laying face to face while I was nursing her......she'd break away to smile at me and then get right back down to business. I can't wait to do that again with the baby I'm expecting now!
So, anyway, I keep going off topic, but if I was in that situation, I'd try to find out what their questions were, and what doubts they were having, and I'd only give my opinion or tell them what I did with my children ONLY if they asked me specifically for that information......and then clarify that that was what I chose to do, and there is not a RIGHT or WRONG way, just different ways for different parenting styles. But if they were just asking questions, I would not just out and give my opinion on such "controversial" subjects. I'd just try and help them make an informed decision that felt right to them.
Steph, hope you get your keyboard fixed soon!